small children are now being held in child protective services. according to court documents the two conducted covert meetings over a series of years all over the dc area in parks, restaurants, street corners, at times blocks away from the white house. neighbors of this arlington based couple say they are shocked by their arrests but are not story they took place. >> well, they should have been arrested. i'm sorry, this is america. they should not be getting information to send back to their country to do harm to us. i'm sorry. >> reporter: now it is still unclear how successful these alleged russian secret agents were, but the fbi says they were tasked with spying on a number of sensitive subjects, including nuclear weapons, the u.s. positions on arms control, iran and leadership turnover at the cia and congress.